After a tumultuous Emperor year, we have now arrived in the year of the Hierophant, and we are all looking forward to better days ahead.
But our problems haven’t disappeared overnight, and we still have to muster up more patience and resilience to weather the remaining storm.
During the Emperor year, the world has witnessed leadership (and lack of) at its worst, and the newly elected leaders in the US will have to rebuild what has been destroyed, especially since the pandemic took hold back in March 2020.
We have also realised that many structures, systems and ways we do things are outdated, archaic, and no longer working.
During the year of the Hierophant it is our task to rebuild, restructure, re-organise and change what is rigid and restrictive.
Old alliances are dismantled, new ones established.
While home-working was one seen as the lazy option, it is now an essential part of working life.
Money and investment will be paramount to revitalise the economy.
On a personal level, savings plans and debt reduction should be on everyone’s priority list this year.
We are beginning to realise
- how dependent many of us are on employment, and how disastrous it can be when suddenly everything shuts down.
- to look for more sustainable alternatives, which also includes a different economic model to capitalism.
- to question everything that has been solid, steadfast, safe and secure including our democracy – how safe is it from being taken hostage and dismantled by a rogue corrupt psychopath?
Uncertainty has taught us that it’s okay to discard or change what we have been used to for so long, and life didn’t seem possible without it.
But it is possible. After the devastating destruction 2020 has brought, we begin to understand what isn’t important and what is essential:
- a university degree vs. entrepreneurship and life skills
- a highly paid job vs. jobsatisfaction at lower income
- material success vs. mental and spiritual wellbeing
- flying on holiday vs. holidaying in a camper van independly from hotels and public transport
- lots of overtime vs. more time with family and friends
- keyboard activism vs. meaningful local community work
- Starbucks coffee vs. home-brewed coffee
Uncertainty is part of everyday life, and that’s why it is also important to create stability represented by the Hierophant to alleviate fear of the unknown.
The year of the Hierophant offers us immense opportunities to begin again in all areas of life.
Emphasis is on the collective and community building. Learning and teaching beyond schools and universities. Flexible working. Mental health. Taking care of others and our planet.
There is a need to step away and emotionally detach from tribal thinking to see the bigger picture and heal polarised communities.
Consciously reject anyone stirring up hatred, aggression and division and instead seeking and encouraging meaningful dialogue that brings people together.
The traditional RWS image of the Hierophant depicts two acolytes kneeling in front of a religious figurehead.
They seem to listen and absorb his every word.
In today’s world, many people feel lost and look for new guidance due to chaotic governance, uncertainty and the fallout of the pandemic.
It is easy for manipulators to take advantage of this situation by spreading misinformation and antagonism.
During the year of the Hierophant, it is important for us all to be discerning and aware of how easily we can fall for gaslighters with dark hidden agendas.
Always keep an open mind, allow yourself to change your point of view and avoid emotional attachment to specific groups, movements, parties and personalities.
The Hierophant also represents philosophy. During this year, explore your personal philosophy – your values, ethics, and rules to live by.
The year of the Hierophant will be another year of ups and downs, but we will also begin the slow process of rebuilding and reforming the crumbling structures we have been used to for so long.
More than ever this also includes discarding old, out-dated habits and beliefs to make way for new and better possibilities.